Peacock courtship

To: John Tongue <>,
Subject: Peacock courtship
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 10:19:52 +1100
I have often noticed the way the Peacock backs towards the hen, so that what she sees are the rufous tail feathers which support the glorious train. Perhaps the train display is directed at any other Peacock in the vicinity, to warn him to keep off?

Anthea Fleming

John Tongue wrote:
Not sure how they prove all these claims in Dr. Karl's thesis, nor what they 


An intrigueing thing I've noticed about a Peacock's display, ever since we had Peafowl

when I was a kid, is that once the male erects his 'tail' and begins his shimmering display,

is that he turns his back on the object of his desire. She mostly gets to see the plain feathers around his backside!!

I wonder what criteria she is really using to make her choice??

John Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.


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